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This is a discussion on Royal Australian Navy Discussions and Updates within the Navy & Maritime forum, part of the Global Defense & Military category; Originally Posted by Chris White The crew list on the RFA Community web site has not been changed so I ...


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Old November 20th, 2011   #7156
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The crew list on the RFA Community web site has not been changed so I can't advise but there has been a rumour that some of the RFA crew failed to get ashore when she sailed!

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One Merlin or smaller helicopter in the temporary hangar although the twin landing zone flight deck can handle helicopters as large as a Chinook...
I'd be a little suprised if the TAS door is large enough for Merlin, it always looked a little small, but there is loads of room inside and if it was purely a matter of storage there's room for at least 2 or 3 Lynx sized aircraft in there.

The flight deck was marked out with a single spot. I don't know what Australia's FLYCO doctrine is, but without FLYCO being fitted out (the compartment is there, but empty) the RFA Bays are restricted to a single spot.
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And she has left. Pretty short stop.

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So much for the HMAS Lemon thread! Obviously no defects. Food fuel and on to Fremantle via the great circle. Makes you wish she had sails.
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I'd be a little suprised if the TAS door is large enough for Merlin, it always looked a little small, but there is loads of room inside and if it was purely a matter of storage there's room for at least 2 or 3 Lynx sized aircraft in there.

The flight deck was marked out with a single spot. I don't know what Australia's FLYCO doctrine is, but without FLYCO being fitted out (the compartment is there, but empty) the RFA Bays are restricted to a single spot.
Sort of ironic that by the time Choules arrives in Sydney, the Sea Kings will be retired and the MRH-90's still under review!!

If there was a need to deploy Choules, eg for a natural disaster, early in her time here, probably mean the Blackhawks will have to be used.
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Sort of ironic that by the time Choules arrives in Sydney, the Sea Kings will be retired and the MRH-90's still under review!!

If there was a need to deploy Choules, eg for a natural disaster, early in her time here, probably mean the Blackhawks will have to be used.
Ironic?, I think you have been listening to Ilana morissette too much .

Unlucky /Unfortunate yes, Ironic no

To quote llana "How Ironic is it that it rains on your wedding day!"... Well no..... Its Ironic if your fiancee is a meteorologist...and he predicted it wasint going to rain

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Ironic?, I think you have been listening to Ilana morissette too much .

Unlucky /Unfortunate yes, Ironic no

To quote llana "How Ironic is it that it rains on your wedding day!"... Well no..... Its Ironic if your fiancee is a meteorologist...and he predicted it wasint going to rain

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But have you not noticed that all the situations in the song are not ironic ?
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Sort of ironic that by the time Choules arrives in Sydney, the Sea Kings will be retired and the MRH-90's still under review!!

If there was a need to deploy Choules, eg for a natural disaster, early in her time here, probably mean the Blackhawks will have to be used.
Is that such a great problem? Blackhawks have been deploying aboard Kanimbla and Manoora for years and on Humanitarian missions for years too.

I'm sure once they conduct a quick bit of testing Choules will be right to operate a couple of Blackhawks.

The MRH-90's may finish their review soon too. Who knows? Not I...
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Apparently an announcement will soon be forthcoming on the decision of whether the DMO is going to green light the mid-life update of the seven remaining ANZAC class frigates for an ASMD upgrade as per HMAS Perth. After successful sea trials, a number of contracting models were being put forward to how many ships would undergo the upgrade and when. Rumours are that it could be a complete class upgrade, ie all ships. If this is the case this will be a major boost to the self defence capability of these RAN workhorses, as well as a significant technology refresher for the fleet. The modifications done under the ASMD upgrade are much more than just the fitting of CEAFAR and CEAMOUNT.
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Apparently an announcement will soon be forthcoming on the decision of whether the DMO is going to green light the mid-life update of the seven remaining ANZAC class frigates for an ASMD upgrade as per HMAS Perth.
A small correction, DMO doesn't greenlight anything, they act as the project manager for the capability owner and sponsor - and they act at the direction of them after the minister or central agencies gives their blessing.
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Defence has released a video of Choules leaving Cape Town, Fairly short but shows the upper deck in detail.

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Not long to a get to check her out personally!
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Not long to a get to check her out personally!
Where and when is she due in Oz?
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The weapons that were fitted are part of the deal?
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The weapons that were fitted are part of the deal?
Unlikely, but as Kanimbla and Manoora EACH had 2x 25mm Typhoon guns, 1x 20mm Phalanx CIWS and 2x 12.7mm Mini-Typhoon guns, I'm pretty sure we can scrape up a few gats for Choules...

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The weapons that were fitted are part of the deal?
Probably doesn't have any armament at the present moment other than small arms. RFA Largs Bay wasn't heavily armed. From Wiki:
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• 2 7.62mm Mk.44 Miniguns
• 6 7.62mm L7 GPMGs
Fitted to receive :
• Phalanx CIWS
• 30 mm DS30B cannon

Australia will most likely fit her with armament from the Kanimbla and Manoora.
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1 x 20 mm Phalanx Mk 15 close–in weapon system
6 x 12.7 mm Machine guns

I suspect Australia may fit her with a 25mm Typhoon chain gun or two too... We will know before long what she will normally be fitted with...
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